27/04/2013: Almost May already! This year is going so fast!
02/04/2013: Happy Easter. I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.
01/01/2013: Happy New Year!!
24/12/2012: Merry Christmas!!
13/11/2012: Getting hand-made presents ready for Christmas!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Machine Binding

Red Pepper Quilts Binding

99% of all quilt binding tutorials online involve creating your binding, machine sewing it to your quilt and then hand finishing. I just found the perfect tutorial on Red Pepper Quilts for a technique I am definately going to try.

The techniques described for joining the binding overlap leaves a much less bulky seam than other methods I have seen. It looks like it may be hard to work out the first time, but I am sure once you get the hang of it that it is an easy method.

The best part is the description of how to top stitch the binding with your machine. I have been worried about stitching through all those layers and coming up with a straight seam that catches both sides of the binding. This makes perfect sense and it should be relatively easy.

I had to read through this four times, so be patient with it. If you have a little more experience it might make perfect sense first time.

Once I have finished my Invaders design I am going to try this method of binding as I will be using black binding on black fabric so any little mistakes will not be noticeable.


DianeH said...

Hi There, Just stopped over from Fiona's to read this post on machine binding. Thanks for the tip I'll check it out. Have you given it a try yet?

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Thanks for the tip about Red Pepper Quilts....gott'a try that binding....looks simple(?)...


Metanoia said...

DianeH - I haven't tried it yet. I don't have anything ready to bind! Hopefully I'll be able to try it soon and then I'll add a blog post about it, I'm sure.

Metanoia said...

It took me until now to have something I didn't mind destroying - or rather, if it came out bad it wouldn't be noticeable... and while it is harder than it looks and I did end up with a couple of mistakes I had to go back and fix it was definately quicker than hand sewing a binding. It was a bit hard on my hands so next time I'm going to iron the binding out before trying to machine sew it. The project I tried this on was my space invaders wall hanging.